ITHACA, NY — A pair of Great Blue Heron have laid five eggs in a nest in Ithaca, New York!
The birds have nested in the same location since the summer of 2009, hatching and fledging four young each year. Their nest is located in a large, dead white oak tree in Sapsucker Woods Pond near the Cornell Lab’s Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in Ithaca. It is four feet across and a foot deep and wraps around the trunk of the tree.
Two cameras were installed in the spring of 2012 to “bring the hidden world of their nesting habits into full view” as stated on AllAboutBirds.com.
Herons typically lay two to five eggs and share the responsibility of caring for them until they hatch, which usually takes about 25-30 days. After hatching, it takes approximately seven to eight weeks to fly. Learn more about the Great Blue Heron here.
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